Pen Pal Inc., the nonprofit, donation-driven dog and cat shelter at Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson, wants to send you home Saturday from the Red, White and Blueberry Festival in Clinton with a new pet.

The staff and volunteers will be set up at the courthouse square at 9 a.m. All animals up for adoption are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and ready to go. The adoption fee is $40, cash or check.

Pictures and descriptions of animals up for adoption through Pen Pals can be found on ( Pen Pals is also on Facebook.

Appointments can also be made by calling the shelter at (225) 634-1200. Donations are tax-deductible.

Red, white and berry

Clinton celebrates the Fourth of July two days early with its Red, White and Blueberry Festival in the downtown area Saturday, from 8 a.m. until fireworks light the skies at 8 p.m.

Look for an art walk, musical entertainment, an antique car show, a greased watermelon relay race, gospel and veterans’ tents, a 4 p.m. golf cart parade, kids games and more.

Cooks are invited to prepare dishes with at least two cups of blueberries for a cooking contest with the categories of breakfast dishes, jellies and jams, desserts and other dishes. Bring dishes and two copies of the recipe between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. to Feliciana Harvest Church, 12322 St. Helena St.. Judging will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

For contest information, call Catherine Landry at (225) 683-9298.

Thrift store open

Dorcas Door, the thrift store at 11152 Church St., Clinton, behind First Baptist Church, will be open from 9 a.m. until noon during Saturday’s festival for a bag sale ($4 a bag) of new and nearly new summer clothes and small items. Everything else is half price.

’Ville celebrates, too

The American Legion will sponsor fireworks in St. Francisville at 8 p.m. Monday at the ballpark on Burnett Road, with hot dogs, popcorn and drinks for the public.

Earlier in the day, Birdman Coffee and Books on Commerce Street will hold a watermelon eating and seed-spitting contest, along with the annual pie contest. Entries are due by 12:30 p.m. and judging starts at 1 p.m. Bring two pies, one for the contest and one to sell.

On Saturday and Sunday, and at some stores on Monday, shoppers in the historic district can participate in a “flag pull” for check-out discounts according to the flag color pulled.

Library teen programs

Teens are invited to make jewelry with a July Fourth theme at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Zachary branch library, 1900 Church St. All supplies are provided. Registration is required; call (225) 658-1870.

At 2 p.m. Tuesday, Cindy Savoy will present a program at the Zachary library on scrapbook making. Bring six to eight photos. Registration is required.

The Baker branch library, 3501 Groom Road, will have teens playing “basket pong” at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Registration is required; call (225) 778-5950.

To submit news about Baker, Zachary and the Felicianas, call James Minton at (225) 775-7005; fax: (225) 774-6485; e-mail: Deadline: noon Wednesday.